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German city ‘will evacuate building because of Grenfell tower-style cladding’

A spokesman for UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed on Tuesday that cladding used on 95 high-rise buildings in 32 local authority areas had failed combustibility checks, but did not give precise locations.Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning.Shares of Arconic Inc, formerly a part of Alcoa, fell as much as 11.3 per cent after it was revealed it had supplied the cladding knowing it would be used at Grenfell Tower, despite warning in its brochures those specific panels were a fire risk for tall buildings.Sir Ken Knight, who wrote a report on the 2009 Lakanal House fire, in which six people died, stated: “It is not considered practical or economically viable to make a requirement for the retrospective fitting of fire suppression systems to all current high-rise residential buildings”.The officer in charge of the police investigation has said exterior cladding at Grenfell Tower had failed all fire safety tests and that police say they would consider criminal charges, including manslaughter, over the fire.LONDON (CNN) – Fears over fire safety have spread across the United Kingdom since a deadly blaze engulfed Grenfell Tower in west London earlier this month.They said in a statement: “Isaac our beloved son was taken from us when he was only five years old”.Isaac’s family described him as “kind”, “energetic” and “generous”.Paulous’ body was found on the building’s 13th floor and had to be identified through dental records.The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), which is overseeing urgent testing of the material on social housing tower blocks and other high rise buildings across the country, classifies a private building as one that does not include social housing owned by a local authority or housing association.The suspect cladding was installed on the 24-storey council-owned Grenfell Tower, which was built in 1974, as part of a refurbishment completed previous year.A volunteer for the British Red Cross, who was responsible for looking after other volunteers’ welfare said of the brief exchange: “He was saying the work was fantastic so we were speaking about that”. “Very clearly, these failures are concerning and this is why the Prime Minister said to Cabinet this morning we need to have this major national investigation”, he noted.